Frightful Fun for Halloween Half Term!

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Be a little bit afraid, but have a lot of fun at these family events for Halloween half-term!

“Frightwater” Valley

Half term kicks off with Fantastic Firework displays on the 24th and 25th October, and Yorkshire’s Lightwater Valley theme park re-incarnates into Frightwater Valley from 30th October to 1st November! Stroll past the crime scene tape and be greeted by the grateful undead – it’s grim up north! Knock on a trick or treat door for a pleasant (or nasty!) surprise, and the Lightwater Express may have some very strange passengers… Mini. mega, or ultimate scares are there for the whole family, and the park is home to The Ultimate – Europe’s longest roller coaster. Fancy dressers are welcome, and the worst could win a prize!

Shrek’s Adventure  London – Ogre Sized  Tricks or Treats!

The kids’ favourite grumpy green man has many cunning plans to entertain them this half-term. He promises an immersive experience with yucky additions guaranteed to gross them out, from 24th October until 1st November! Creepy crawlies have invaded his home, which is decorated with cobwebs and pumpkins, but  this walk and ride attraction is more about giggles than ghouls, silly rather than sinister!  Take the Dreamworks Tour Bus and experience 10 4D Fairy tale themed rides, and release your inner Ogre by trying some yucky dips and tricky tasks – every child gets a gift to take home – Happy Halloween!

Legoland Brick or Treat

Legoland Windsor’s Brick or Treat activities take place in the Enchanted Forest at Pirates Landing.

The Lego Pumpkin Patch Build is always popular, with thousands of bricks of the brightest orange for kids (and adults) to play with! Frankie Stein invites you to his Monster Ball, and on the 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st October the Lego Ninjago Heroes present an epic pyrotechnic battle in the sky.  Avoid traffic queues after the fireworks by enjoying some of your favourite rides and attractions after dark. The usual puppet shows will have a Halloween twist and kids can win a Legoland goodie bag in the Miniland Ghost hunt competition!

Alton Towers Scarefest

The Alton Towers Scarefest begins on 17th October, and carries on spooking until 1st November. With late night riding on many roller coasters, you’ll get more mayhem for your money! There are horror mazes galore, all in the worst possible taste, and be warned – the new Haunting of Molly Crow requires guests to be blindfolded!  Sub Species: The End Games is another new maze that introduces you to  sewer dwelling mutants – an underworld away from the cute ninja turtles of your childhood! For younger kids Skelvin the Skeleton is holding a spooky story time, Phil and Franklyn are educating youngsters at Ghoul School and Patch is having a treat or treat party!

“Boo at the Zoo” London Zoo and Whipsnade

From 24th October to 1st November ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and London Zoo are holding their popular “Boo at the Zoo”  Halloween event. At Whipsnade, board Jumbo Express steam train for a Ghost Hunt, and find the eight naughty ghosts who have stolen something from the Zookeeper’s cupboard. At Ghoul School, kids can dress up as their favourite creepy characters, make spells and enter a Mummy wrapping competition. In the Bat Cave they can make glow-in-the-dark masks to wear to the Devilish Disco! Spiders and owls are the Halloween stars at London Zoo – it’s time to get In With The Spiders,  learn about web spinning and how they use venom to snare their prey, in the walkthrough spider forest. You can even take a spider selfie!  At the Owl Emporium, find out what our head swivelling, silent soaring feathered friends get up to at night. There are spooky stories at the Grimm Curiosity Shop, arts and crafts at the Bat Cave, and kids can make yucky treats for the bearded pigs.

Dare to be scared this half term! We’ve got all your family-fun covered. 

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer